Over six weeks the course will cover four broad themes, which will take the participant through the skills required for undertaking social action. In the UK these might be referred to as ‘campaigning skills’, where a campaign is considered to be any form of sustained collective effort by a group of individuals, a community, or an alliance of different bodies, and undertaken to achieve a common goal or set of objectives. In other parts of the world these skills might be better understood as the basics of social action. The four broad learning objectives are:
Who will benefit from taking this course?
The course is targeted at those wanting to learn more about social action, or acquire some of the basic skills required to engage in sustained and focused action for defending commons and common rights. It will be of interest to practitioners involved in supporting community development, as well as a wide range of those involved in, or wanting to learn about, the basics of taking action to protect rights of access to common resources.
Participants who complete the course will improve their understanding of the principles and requirements for engaging in social action in relation to protecting and defending their commons and common rights. They also have the opportunity to gain skills needed for designing and delivering collective action, in particular where there is a strong need for different groups and individuals to work together in order to achieve a common aim.
The course will be delivered through distance learning approaches making use of video and audio materials, readings, on-line activities, and group discussion forums, enabling participants to learn from one another as well as from the tutors. Registration will enable you to access a Moodle site which holds all the course materials. Registration closes on 6th April 2018 at 10pm local time.
The course is being delivered through a partnership of academics from the University of Gloucestershire and practitioners, including Kate Ashbrook, an experienced campaigner for commons access rights and General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society (http://www.oss.org.uk/), Britain’s oldest national conservation body.
For more information:
Contact Carol Markey on 01242 714122 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow the link to the CCRI website at http://www.ccri.ac.uk/defending-the-commons-strategies-for-action/